(Above) Improvements to the Lions Field complex would improve player safety, update outdated and unsafe bleachers and press box, increase parking and create a defined entrance. The track will be resurfaced. New softball and baseball restroom/concession stand is proposed with team rooms. Bleachers, press box and lights at the softball field are also planned.
by Marianne Gasaway
Voters in the Clear Lake School District are being asked to consider an $18 million bond referendum to fund several school facility repairs and upgrades, as well as the district’s partnership with the City of Clear Lake to construct a community wellness center.
All residents of the school district age 18 and older are encouraged to cast ballots at their regular voting precinct between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. Voting locations can be found on the sample ballot appearing on page 7B in this edition of the Mirror-Reporter.
Passage of the bond issue will require 60 percent voter approval.
In the past month the district has hosted three public meetings to answer questions from the public about the proposed projects identified for funding through the proposed bond issue. Following is a recap of some of the most common questions posed to school leadership. Additional details about the projects can be found on the school’s website, clearlakeschools.org, or by visiting http://sites.google.com/view/bondreferendum/voting-information. The district’s Administrative Office may be reached at 357-2181.
What projects will the bonds fund?
Approximately $10-$11 million will be used to fund a wellness center. The school district has taken the lead for the design and construction phase of the proposed wellness center and is the primary financial contributor. The city has verbally committed $700,000 to the project in the form of a general obligation bond, as well as a $300,000 contribution from its general fund to support costs associated with the elevated walking track, multi-purpose rooms, indoor playground rooms, and areas and other amenities located on the second level of the proposed building. Schematic drawings of the proposed center show the main floor of the building would feature five courts, two with traditional flooring and three with a multi-purpose floor and the ability to be configured for a variety of activities, including pickle ball, as well as batting cages with areas to practice fielding. A 200 meter track would surround the lower level. Flexible space is also designed for meeting, practice rooms and classes.
A new secure entrance is proposed for Clear Creek Elementary at a cost of $350,000 to $450,000. Additional improvements to all three school buildings is estimated at $3 million to $4 million.
High school weight room and wrestling room additions are proposed at $300,000 to $500,000, as well as a gym vestibule/corridor addition estimated at $1 million to $1.5 million. Parking improvements are also planned.
At the Lions Field complex a new press box, bleachers at the football field, a new turf field, resurfacing the track, and bleachers at the softball field, and a new concessions stand and restroom at theTo read more of this article, please login or sign up for our E-Edition